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Zinc Prices Have Rallied So Much Even Miners Are Complaining

Zinc’s dramatic surge to the highest in a decade might boost profits in the short term but isn’t all good news for producers, according to Vedanta Resources Plc.

Buyers are struggling to make money at current levels after prices more than doubled since the start of 2016, Deshnee Naidoo, the chief executive officer of the company’s Vedanta Zinc International unit, said in an interview.

“The whole market is out of whack,” Naidoo said in Johannesburg on Thursday. “In the short term it’s a good price, but it’s not a sustainable price. There needs to be an incentive price for galvanizers, alloy producers, smelters.”

The market has tightened following supply cutbacks and tougher Chinese curbs on mining. Glencore Plc, the top producer, has curtailed output at mines in Australia and Kazakhstan, and made a further wager on zinc on Tuesday when it announced plans to increase its stake in Peru’s Volcan Cia Minera SAA.

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Name Last Change
DOW 22957.00 100.00%
S&P 500 2557.64 0.17%
NASDAQ 6624.00 0.27%
TSX 15802.70 0.03%
TSX-V 792.49 0.00%

Resource Commodities

Name Last Change
Gold 1287.81 0.57%
Silver 17.08 0.82%
Copper 3.22 3.27%
Platinum 930.00 0.32%
Oil 51.87 0.81%
Natural Gas 2.95 1.83%
Uranium 20.30 N/A
Zinc 1.51 0.00%

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